Benton County Board of Commissioners Office
The Benton County Board of Commissioners is composed of Pat Malone, chair; Nancy Wyse, commissioner; and Xan Augerot, commissioner.
The Board of Commissioners oversees all functions of county government services and set the budgets for the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office. They act as executives, overseeing county operations; legislators, setting county ordinances; and also fill a quasi-judicial role in land use matters.
Benton County is one of nine Oregon counties with a home-rule charter. This provides greater control to our citizens. The voters decide what form they want their government to take. For example, the voters decide which county government positions are elected, such as the sheriff and commissioners.
According to the charter, Benton County must have three full-time elected commissioners to manage the legislative, executive and quasi-judicial responsibilities. Each commissioner is elected at-large to a four-year term. No individual commissioner has any more, or less, power than the others to act. Board action requires at least two of the commissioners to be in agreement.
Board of Commissioners meetings are open to the public. They are held the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. In an effort to reduce the potential risk for exposure to COVID-19, Tuesday Board Meetings will be held remotely. Visit Benton County’s Facebook page as they plan to live stream the meetings at: http://facebook.com/BentonCoGov.Meetings or join us online via the GoToMeeting platform.